It might feel like you’ve got enough on your plate just trying to get your puppy to follow your commands, but when it comes to your dog, there’s something that’s even more important: making sure they’re kept safe and sound.
Our homes might look perfectly manageable to us, but to a dog, they can be like one giant maze, especially if they’re new to the home.
Below, we take a look at some easy to follow instructions that’ll turn your home into the safe haven it’s supposed to be for the whole family.
In the Kitchen
It’s not difficult to see how dangerous a kitchen can potentially be. There are sharp knives, food everywhere, hot surfaces, and just about everything else which, if not used properly, can have a devastating effect.
That’s why it’s especially important that you take steps to minimize the danger. You might want to consider having a dog gate installed on the kitchen door so your pup can’t get in (this will also be hygienic).
If not, think about keeping your surfaces clear at all times, your food securely tucked away, and anything that’s potentially dangerous out of reach.
In the Front
Sometimes, it’s not necessarily what’s happening inside of the home that’s important: it’s what happens just in front of the house.
Even if you don’t plan to let your dog play in the front of your house, you’ll need to check that even if they did somehow get out, that the risk of anything bad happening is kept to a minimum.
This is especially crucial if you live in a busy area, one that has plenty of cars zipping by at all times of the night. If you do, consider installing a gate if you don’t already have one.
Chemicals and other issues
Humans are lucky; they can read the labels to determine which products are safe and which aren’t.
Dogs don’t have this advantage; for them, it’s a trial and error kind of thing. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no trial aspect: it’s all an error, as in the case of cleaning chemicals that might be lying around your home.
Keep these well out of reach of your pup, and make sure you take them to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible if you suspect they may have ingested something they shouldn’t have.
Alternatively, consider getting rid of these chemicals altogether, and going for the natural approach.
Hopefully, your dog and your children will get along like a house on fire. But it’s also important to remember that children don’t always have the same understanding as to what is good and bad for a little animal.
Make sure that your kids fully understand the dos and don’t of playing with a dog.
The Holiday Seasons
Finally, remember to take extra care around the holiday seasons, when our homes become a bit more chaotic and there’s more potential danger around. By keeping an eye on your dog, you’ll be able to ensure they enjoy the good times just as much as everyone else.